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Preparing for severe weather

So if you are not prepared for severe weather, this weekend is your chance to do some one stop shopping. So if you are not prepared for severe weather, this weekend is your chance to do some one stop shopping.
LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

While Tuesday night's severe weather threat did not turn out to be as bad as originally believed, it is always important to be prepared when there is a risk of severe weather.

Even though the storm did not turn out to be as dangerous as forecasted doesn't mean you shouldn't be ready the next time a bad storm rolls around.

Academy Sports is doing their part to make sure everyone across the state of Alabama will be prepared for when severe weather hits.  

Friday, Feb. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 28 in the state of Alabama is considered a Sales Tax Holiday, which the state holds twice a year. This is the first where all severe weather essentials like batteries, flashlights, weather radios, coolers, and first aid kits will be available to consumers free of sales tax.  

The second Sales Tax Holiday is held in the beginning of August for schools supplies, once again allowing families to purchase items that are needed without spending that extra four percent.  

"Basically we are having tax free items such as batteries, water, food coolers, any of your basic medical and first aid kit and that kind of thing.  Basically to help people prepare for all of your severe weather needs this season," said Patrick Wood, a team leader at Academy Sports in Auburn.  

On Tuesday before the storm they sold lots of severe weather items, especially weather radios, and were fortunate to have another delivery Wednesday morning.  

“What we would really like everyone to do that we are responsible for in Lee County, the citizens we are responsible for, we would love if every home had a weather radio,” said Rita Smith, a Public Information Officer with the Lee Count Emergency Management Agency. “We have statistically information that has proven that they do save lives.  We always offer when we are ramping up to something that we remind them on our Facebook site, 'hey we will program these for you for free.”  

Lee County EMA are not the only ones programming weather radios. Academy Sports has someone trained on staff in how to program them properly, and WTVM often holds events where we program them for free

So if you are not prepared for severe weather, this weekend is your chance to do some one stop shopping.

Another great way to stay on top of severe weather is our free WTVM weather app. Additionally, we have a text message alert system.  

Just message the name of your county to 40909 and you will receive alerts when warnings and watches are issued for your area.  

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